Research Associate/Scientific Coordinator (m/f/d)

Application deadline: 15 December 2023

Reference number 339/2023

Research Associate/Scientific Coordinator (m/f/d)

Founded in 1409, Leipzig University is one of Germany’s largest universities and a leader in research and medical training. With around 30,000 students and more than 5000 members of staff across 14 faculties, it is at the heart of the vibrant and outward-looking city of Leipzig. Leipzig University offers an innovative and international working environment as well as an exciting range of career opportunities in research, teaching, knowledge and technology transfer, infrastructure and administration.

The Faculty of History, Art and Area Studies, Chair of Modern History, especially Jewish History (Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss) seeks to fill the above position from 1 March 2024.

The DFG-funded International Research Training Group (IRTG) "Belongings: Jewish Material Culture in Twentieth-Century Europe and Beyond" will commence its work at Leipzig University in mid-2024 in cooperation with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow. As part of a structured graduate training program, innovative research work in the field of Jewish material culture will be carried out in close cooperation between the two locations Leipzig and Jerusalem. Three faculties at Leipzig University are involved in the interdisciplinary program, whose representatives bring together expertise from the fields of 19th to 21st century European and Jewish history, German and Slavic studies, philosophy, cultural studies, and art history. The activities of the IRTG at both locations aim to provide for a joint German-Israeli doctoral training, the first of its kind in the humanities.

About the position

  • Fixed term until 31 July 2029
  • 100 % of a full-time position
  • Planned remuneration: salary group E13 TV-L


  • Scientific coordination of the five-year project including the recruitment of researchers at the Leipzig location as well as the preparation of a qualification program and the monitoring of its implementation
  • Teaching duties, research, and participation in committee work in support of the IRTG spokesperson
  • Budget responsibility in close coordination with the administrative coordination
  • Development and implementation of the IRTG’s research data management in collaboration with the Steering Committee
  • Planning and supervision of the IRTG’s public relations activities
  • Development and implementation of IRTG-specific equity measures
  • Organization of scientific exchange and moderation of working meetings, in particular between the Israeli and German project partners; communication with funding bodies


  • Completed relevant academic degree in the field of history, Jewish studies, literature or cultural studies, with a focus on Jewish history and culture or comparable qualification and experience in relevant activities; doctorate desirable
  • Experience in project management (experience in budget planning and monitoring project expenditure)
  • Excellent oral and written knowledge of German and English (the IRTG’s language of communication is English); knowledge of Hebrew desirable
  • Organizational skills and good communication skills; independent, structured and cooperative way of working as well as commitment and teamworking ability
  • Willingness to travel domestically and abroad
  • Teaching experience desirable

What we offer

  • An exciting, interdisciplinary and international working environment with a wide range of activities in the field of German-Israeli scientific cooperation
  • A modern workplace and attractive working conditions (mobile working)
  • Flexible working hours and work-life balance
  • Goal-oriented staff development throughout your working life, with opportunities for continuous professional development
  • Pension plan
  • A discounted local public transport ticket (MDV-JobTicket, Deutschlandticket as a job ticket)

Please send your application with the usual documents, among them a detailed letter of motivation and a reference contact, quoting reference number 339/2023 in one PDF file via email to:dekgko(at) Please note that it is not possible to guarantee confidentiality and rule out unauthorised access by third parties when communicating by unencrypted email. Alternatively, you can send all documents by post to Universität Leipzig, Historisches Seminar/ Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss – persönlich – Schillerstraße 6 in 04109 Leipzig.

We kindly request that you submit copies only, as we are unable to return application documents. Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

Leipzig University aims to increase the proportion of women in positions of responsibility and therefore expressly invites qualified women to apply. Severely disabled persons – or persons deemed legally equal to them under Book IX of the German Social Code – are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.


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